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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

O2 Inside Line - Six Nations 2013 preview

O2 Inside Line is back as we head into the first weekend of the RBS 6 Nations. England are on a high after their victory over New Zealand late last year, but this week they come up against an entirely different threat in the Scots. Here's a look inside the camp.

James Haskell is back with the popular player cam and is joined by wingers Chris Ashton and David Strettle this week. Tom Wood and Ben Morgan have a slightly more serious approach as they give us a glimpse into the kind of analysis that takes place ahead of the first game.

The Youngs brothers, Ben and Tom, reveal some old secrets, and we also learn about the GPS devices that players are now allowed to wear, and how they help England's team behind the team.

Scotland have a strong back three as new boy Sean Maitland gets his first start after playing just five games for Glasgow Warriors. Try scoring machine Tim Visser is on the other wing, so we can expect some refreshing attacking play out side.

Saturday 2 Feb, Twickenham, Kick off: 16:00

England squad: Backs: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Danny Care, Owen Farrell, Toby Flood, Alex Goode, David Strettle, Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Youngs
Forwards:
Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Geoff Parling, Chris Robshaw, Mako Vunipola, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Tom Youngs

Scotland team: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw, Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Euan Murray, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Alasdair Strokosch, Kelly Brown (captain), Johnnie Beattie
Replacements: Ross Ford, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, David Denton, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir, Max Evans

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Joe January 30, 2013 6:29 pm

I love the presenter, she brilliant! haha

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Facepalm January 30, 2013 6:48 pm

When you consider the fact that England have; Wade, Varndell, Foden, Biggs, Sharples, May, Monye and Simpson-Daniel, it is an absolute farce that Strettle has been picked. I'm sure that will change later on in the tournament.

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Guest January 30, 2013 8:31 pm

England fan all the way but that was one of the most appalling introductions i've ever seen. Did they get someone from Hollywood to write those lines?

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Mike T January 30, 2013 10:42 pm

Why oh why does he insist on keeping Ashton in the side..??? I know Wade is inexperinced but no excuse
why Tom Varndell isn't in the squad..Probably the best winger in the premiership at the mo...
& i don't even support Wasps....... Wakey Wakey Mr Lancaster.....

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Kettlerugby January 31, 2013 3:34 am

You cannot argue that Aston is always on the end of moves likes good wingers should and his try scoring record is pretty decent for England. Strettle not sure...must be for defence because the other are scoring for fun

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pampi January 31, 2013 5:36 am

She's so fit

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Russell January 31, 2013 3:19 pm

Reasons why they are not in the squad:

Wade - Unproven defence at this level. Awesome in attack though. Possible future player!
Varndell - Average defence (even though he is big!)
Foden - Just back from injury. He will be back in the squad as his form returns
Biggs - Don't think he is international level personally.
Sharples - Defence isn't amazing. Could be in the squad again in the future.
May - Possible future squad member. Not there yet.
Monye - Old. Not good enough. He can only run fast and tackle. Doesn't add enough.
Simpson-Daniel - Too old! If he wasn't injured all the time he would have tonnes of caps by now!

Strettle - I personally think his best years are behind him. He hasn't fired on the international level for a while now. I would like to see foden come back in towards the end of the tournament!

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Facepalm February 01, 2013 1:28 am

As a Wasps fan I've seen a lot of Wade and Varndell. I've seen very little evidence to say their defence isn't up to scratch in the premiership. And of course it's unproven at the international set up. Wade's never been capped! Granted Strettle's defence is certainly stronger than Wade's, but who would you rather take it to the opposition line? (the same goes for Varndell + all the others I mentioned.) Just look at the stats. Varndell - 10 tries. Wade - 6 tries. Strettle - 1 try. Madness.

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Russell February 01, 2013 10:49 am

Oh I agree! I would rather have wade in there! I would like to see him given a chance at some point.

Varndell's defence has been shown up too many times over the years! just recently against bath springs to mind...Think it was abendanon he just let run straight through. If he doesn't want to tackle abendanon, what is he going to be like against a kiwi or SA backline!

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s_conner January 31, 2013 4:03 pm

The director needs to tell her to sex it up some more. Either that or she'll have to find some sort of personality.

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Jeroo February 01, 2013 3:45 pm

I know Haskell get a lot of grief on here (Haskell the brand etc) but he does come out with some good lines. A good character in the squad. His relentless abuse of Ashton is brilliant!

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gabhmobhod February 01, 2013 7:27 pm

i love her

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